Patrick's in-depth knowledge of the subject, combined with his quiet, calm professional manner put our minds at rest - before our bodies! Dave Saunders
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Willing to give peace of mind
Naturally you want to feel you are in control of your own affairs, but when you die you can no longer speak for yourself. Many people think that things will 'just work out' or that friends and family will know what you wanted and be able to take care of things how you would like. However this is rarely the case. Even with the best of intentions, you can't expect others to know exactly what your wishes really were. But even if they did, they may not be able to carry them out due to legal complications. It also places a burden on them to sort out your affairs during what would be a difficult enough time for them.
By making a Will you ensure that your voice is still heard and that your wishes can be followed.
There are many issues and downsides to not making a will. First is that you can't decide who will inherit your estate. Instead it is distributed according to complex intestacy rules (click the link below find out more about these), meaning that it may go to those who you would rather it didn't rather than to the beneficiaries you'd prefer.
If you have young children, you can't be sure that they'll end up with the people you'd rather looked after them. Even other family members would have to cope with complex bureaucracies that may see your children in the care system rather than where they'd be happy.
Arranging your estate in a Will can help reduce the burden of Inheritance Tax. A Will writer can go through your property and possessions with you and arrange your affairs to ensure that your loved ones get the optimum benefits from your estate. You can also set up Trusts to provide an income to your beneficiaries from your estate.
These things should not be left to chance and it's only be making a valid Will that you can be absolutely sure that your wishes would be followed or even known.
Westbury Wills is a member of the
Society of Will Writers